Gareth Phillips is a professional punter and veteran of the betting industry, and the man behind our newest horse racing membership: Gareth’s Winners.
Gareth Phillips: Background
Like many pro punters, Gareth started out as an analyst for Mark Read, where he was mentored by some of the leading racing analysts in the country.
After that, Gareth spent almost twenty years working for a private betting syndicate led by a Queensland punter, known in betting circles as the “olden day Zjelko”. Gareth analysed form and devised betting strategies for this syndicate with hugely profitable results.
He was then recruited to ‘jump the fence’ and work for major bookmakers, starting at Sportingbet (which was acquired by William Hill Australia, in turn acquired by BetEasy).
Gareth then moved to Ladbrokes where “I pretty much had to do it all myself there (at the corporates). Database, trading, pricing and framing markets, form… the whole lot.”
He was required to frame markets from scratch. He’d often be the first in Australia to publish fixed-price markets on race meetings – with no other book’s prices to compare against. Rival bookmakers would simply scrape his prices once they were released and copy and paste them as their own.
“That was nerve-wracking at times, of course!” he said.
“Going up first, you’ve done an entire card of eight or nine races from your own figures and you just know that there’s hundreds (or more) punters out there waiting to seize on any one mistake you’ve made on one horse. And it’s not like punting, of course, where you can just pick the horses and races you like and ignore the rest – you have to price the lot. But overall we did pretty well and made very few errors.”
The ‘copy and paste’ culture of pricing has now taken hold at all major bookies. Gareth’s skills were no longer required… so he’s now betting for himself and has made a profitable start to it.
Gareth Phillips: What others say
He’s been in the betting industry for his entire working life – over 30 years now – and the references we received about Gareth from other pro punters and figures in the betting industry were a big part of why we wanted him on the Champion Bets team.
The Risk and Trading Director of Sportingbet / Centrebet had this to say:
“During my 13 years with the combined businesses I hired and fired about 20 analysts. Not only did Gareth Phillips outperform all of them in terms of results, but he also demonstrated a work ethic that was second to none.”
And this from Ladbrokes, where he was a Racing Trader and Senior Form Analyst from 2014 to 2019:
“Gareth Phillips was responsible for trading and providing prices for horse racing including some of the most iconic races in Australia. The position required excellent analytical skills as well as the ability to liaise between different departments. Success was dependent on strong attention to detail and efficient work processes. These are all characteristics which defined Gareth.”
Aaron Barby, highly successful former Champion Bets analyst, has known Gareth for quite some time. His feedback was typical of what we received from everybody we asked:
“I’ve known Gareth for years and have worked alongside him at times. He’s a ripper bloke and a ripper judge. His years of bookmaker experience means he knows the game from the inside out. Framing markets is second nature to him, having done it for so long. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone with more passion and knowledge of the great game. He finds value, and he finds winners.”
What is Gareth’s edge on the market?
“I know it sounds very general, but it really is just experience,” he said.
“I’ve seen it all. When I first started out, we had an edge simply by going to the track and seeing every horse run – without widespread racing telecasts that was a big edge on plenty of people. Then replay videos became available and I was all over them. Like all edges, that slowly disappeared as racing vision became widely available to the public.
“Throughout the years, there’s been a number of “edges” I’ve been able to employ to beat the market – weights, times, track bias, sectional times, speed maps… in isolation, each of them has in turn disappeared as an edge as information has become publicly available on a widespread basis.
“These days, there’s a few different things I use in combination with each other to produce an edge on the market. And a big part of my advantage is experience, in that I’m able to look over a race relatively quickly and assess whether it’s worth analysing properly as a potential betting race. If I see it’s not, I just move on to the next race or venue. My knowledge of the horses, jockeys and trainers allows that.
“That lets me cover a lot of racing and really zero in on where the value is. It’s there, you just have to find it.”
What does Gareth’s Winners look like?
Gareth sticks to the areas he knows best, which makes it easiest for him to find that value. He’s focused on racing in New South Wales and South-East Queensland at all levels – metro, provincial and country – which gives him plenty to sink his teeth into. There’s racing in New South Wales every day of the week – usually multiple meetings. Racing in Queensland is 5 – 6 days per week.
Gareth does the form and bets 5 or 6 days per week. But he doesn’t use a scattergun approach to his betting. You can expect around 20 of his best value bets per week in total. All are released on raceday once Minimum Bet Limits are in place. Early bets are delivered at 9am in the morning. Throughout the day, as the conditions become clearer, further bets are sent.
All bets include the stake, price or dividend type to take, and a short commentary on the horse’s chances.
In addition, Gareth is very keen on showing you some of what happens ‘under the hood’. So at different times there’ll be further information in addition to official bets, if he thinks it’ll be of interest. That may include rated markets, track info, suggested quaddies or other exotics… so you can expect to hear from him quite often!
If you’re keen to profit and learn from one of the industry’s true experts, Gareth’s Winners is a fantastic service for you.
He's one of Australia's most experienced form analysts, so we're very excited to have Gareth Phillips in the Champion Bets stable.
Gareth bets 5 - 6 days per week across New South Wales and Queensland. To get involved with a long-term winner and expert, just click here.